Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Village Bakery & Café of Athens was one of three small businesses nationwide recently recognized with the Green America’s quarterly People & Planet Award. The award highlights innovative U.S. small businesses that integrate organics and environmental considerations into their strategies and operations.The winners receive $5,000 prizes and were selected by the public during a month-long online voting period.“We are so thrilled to accept this award, as it will shine a light on the organic producers we depend on, in our local community and beyond. They are the foundation of our green economy,” said Christine Hughes, co-owner of the Village Café & Bakery. “We will use our winnings immediately to bring in our next pallet of organic olive oil, which we use for all our cooking and baking needs, and sell in our market for our customers to use at home. This windfall will put us in a good financial position to take the next step in our long-term renewable energy plans. We may use solar to take our Della Zona wood-fired bake house off the grid!”Village Bakery & Cafe supports farms in the foothills of Appalachian Ohio. For more visit http://www.greenamerica.org/green-business-people-and-planet-award/Spring2016/Village.cfm.